- Rocks in my rocking chair
- Shoves another student in the chest and yells, "Shut up!"
- According to other students, says the "f word," the "d word" and the "h word"
- Pushes past other students like they are bowling pins
- Stands up on chairs
- Hides in the closet
- Throws himself to the ground, repeatedly
- Rolls around on the ground
- Says, "Duh!" whenever someone else answers a question
- Makes loud noises, randomly
- Then tells other kids to shut up or be quiet
- Fake farts
- Throws index cards up in the air
- Takes the caps off all the markers
- Moves around all the magnets on the math word wall
- Repeatedly sticks pencils into our broken pencil sharpener
- Throws little bits of garbage at the other students and everywhere
Literally 90% of my energy every day is focused on these two boys, which is an epic shame because the rest of my class is perfectly lovely. Sure, I have some wrigglers and some whiners, and some kids who call out and some kids who have trouble focusing, but William and Angelo are the energy-suckers of the bunch. Meanwhile, the school pyschologist is doing his best to get William's referral going, but first the school needed to test his vision and hearing, and -- are you ready for this? -- William messed with them. Mr. D came back to report that the hearing test lady thought William was just being uncooperative. So I took him aside and we had the following conversation:
Miss Brave: "William, remember when Miss F came to test your hearing?"
William, smiling and looking away: "Yes, and I couldn't hear nothing."
Miss Brave: "Well, that's what we have to figure out, because Miss F thought maybe you were just being your silly William self and you weren't really giving it your best effort. So she's going to come back tomorrow and try again, and you have to give it your best effort, because if you don't, Mom has to take you to a hearing doctor and I don't think you'll enjoy that."
William: "Yes I will! It's fun!"
Seriously, though, if he fails the hearing test, Mr. D tells me it could take a long time to get him tested by a doctor -- a long time that he would spend in my classroom, doing worse than absolutely nothing.